FARNBOROUGH 2014: Bombardier receives LOI from Petra Airlines for 4 CSeries aircraft

Petra Airlines of Amman, Jordan, has signed a Letter Of Intent (LOI) with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft to acquire up to four CS100 and CS300 airliners.

Confirmation of the LOI will create a purchase agreement for two firm CS100s with two CS300s on option.

Petra Airlines, based at Amman's Queen Alia International Airport, began as a charter carrier and became a scheduled airline in 2012. It serves destinations in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

“As Jordan's low-cost carrier, we require the most efficient and most economical aircraft available,” explained Riad Khashman, chief executive officer, Petra Airlines. “That meant Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft. CSeries jetliners have built-in operational flexibility which will allow us to tailor them to meet our specific needs. They’re quiet, they have an unmatched environmental footprint and their widebody comfort will be appealing to our passengers.”

• Meanwhile, Bombardier also announced that airBaltic is the previously announced undisclosed customer that had converted three options to firm on the original order contract in February 2014. The original order for 10 firm airliners with options for 10 more was finalised on 20 December 2012.

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